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- bitweaver

Version 22


Created by: spiderr, Last modification: 01 Nov 2005 (12:42 UTC) by spiderr


This is a BASIC tutorial that will show you how to make a quick package that loops through a table and displays its data. I wrote this because I am starting from the VERY beginning here in bitweaver, and want to make tutorials as I go to help new opensource developers who are joining the project and need a booster seat to sit at the table! I hope it is useful to you!
Thanks for your help Spiderr

1) Create a New bitweaverPackage

  • Go to the root of your bitweaver installation and make a directory:
{CODE()}$ mkdir newPackage
$ mkdir newPackage/modules
$ mkdir newPackage/templates{CODE}

2) Create your table

  • In your bitweaver database, create a table called test_table, and add two colums: test_table_id, and memo, or use the sql below
{CODE()}-- Note: This first CREATE statement works for postgreSQL
CREATE TABLE test_table
test_table_id int NOT NULL,
memo text[]
-- This CREATE TABLE statement works for MySQL and MSSQL
CREATE TABLE test_table
test_table_id int NOT NULL,
memo text

Insert several rows into the table.
{CODE()}--These INSERT statements work for postgreSQL, MySQL and MSSQL
INSERT INTO test_table (test_table_id, memo) VALUES (1, 'The first memo' );
INSERT INTO test_table (test_table_id, memo) VALUES (2, 'The second memo' );
INSERT INTO test_table (test_table_id, memo) VALUES (3, 'The third memo' );{CODE}

3) Create your PHP file

  • Go to newPackage/ and create a file called index.php
  • Add the following lines
require_once('../bit_setup_inc.php'); //initialized the entire system!
$result = $gBitDb->query("SELECT * FROM test_table");
$gBitSmarty->assign('test_table', $result->GetArray());
$gBitSystem->display( NEWPACKAGE_PKG_PATH . '/templates/newPackage.tpl', 'New Package Page' );

4) Create your package's bit_setup_inc file

  • Go to newPackage/ and create a file called bit_setup_inc.php
  • Add the following lines (the spaces in _ _FILE_ _ must be removed wiki thinks they should bold the FILE ! )
global $gBitSystem;
$gBitSystem->registerPackage( 'newPackage', dirname( FILE ).'/' );
if( $gBitSystem->isPackageActive( 'newPackage' ) ) {
// ... maybe do some initialization stuff if your package is turned on

5) Create your Smarty TPL file

  • Now go to newPackage/templates and create a file using pico, or whatever you use, called newPackage.tpl
  • Add these lines:

6) Activate your new package

  • Click Administration -> Kernel -> Packages
  • Scroll down to find "newPackage" (the list is alphabetical)
  • Check the box to enable the package
  • Go all the way to the bottom and click the "Activate" button


Go to http://yourbitweaverURL/newPackage/ and your table should be displayed!

7) Now, create a Module

  • To create a module (a little box that you can display in the left or right columns) with a pointer to your awesome new package, we will use the modules directory you created in step 1
  • Create a file using pico, or whatever text editor you use, called mod_newPackage.tpl.
  • The file name must be formated like this so bitweaver can include it in the Administration / Modules dropdown list.
  • Add these lines to the file:
this is a cool iconMy New Package
(:exclaim:) $smart.const.whatever_PKG_URL is a pointer to a folder called whatever in the root...
to use icons check out our cool new icon system called biticon

8) List of available constants in bitweaver

automagically generated constants for each package of the form
<package>_PKG_PATH --> example: WIKI_PKG_PATH
this will give you the full path to the wiki folder
<package>_PKG_URL --> example: WIKI_PKG_URL
this will give you the full url to the wiki folder

in addition there are a few more
these contain the full path and url to the root of the application

contains the name of the currently active package

full path and url to the currently active style

Stay tuned for more Tutorials!

9)Make the package installable

In order to make the package installable, you need an additional directory in newPackage/admin
{CODE()}$ mkdir newPackage/admin{CODE}
and the schema information to chack the database with which comes in the form of a ))schema_inc.php(( file
The sample for this package is

$tables = array(

'test_table' => "
test_table_id I4 NOTNULL PRIMARY,
memo X


global $gBitInstaller;

foreach( array_keys( $tables ) AS $tableName ) {
$gBitInstaller->registerSchemaTable( NEWPACKAGE_PKG_NAME, $tableName, $tables$tableName );

$gBitInstaller->registerPackageInfo( NEWPACKAGE_PKG_NAME, array(
'description' => "A test package.",
'license' => 'LGPL',
'version' => '0.1',
'state' => 'beta',
'dependencies' => '',
) );
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